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MILTON STOVER EISENHOWER

The seventh son of David and Ida Eisenhower, Milton Stover, was born September 15, 1899. From childhood, Milton was more interested in intellectual and cultural pursuits than were his brothers. He said he could not compete with his older brothers' records in sports, so he decided to study. Although their mother insisted on giving piano lessons to all the boys, only Milton played well enough to give occasional recitals and to organize a dance band. His first job, while still in high school, was as a reporter for the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle, working for Charles Moreau Harger, a journalist of national stature. One of Milton's more memorable assignments was to interview William Jennings Bryan when he was in town for the Chautauqua. Milton attended Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas, and graduated with a degree in industrial journalism. He then became an instructor there. In Manhattan he met two people who were great influences in his life, his future wife, Helen Eakin, and Dr. William Jardine, the president of the college.

Milton applied for a foreign service post, and on advice of Dr. Jardine, took a position in the U.S. Consulate in Edinburgh, Scotland, which was offered to him. There he handled emigration of Scottish people to the United States and lived in an international hostel, becoming hostel, becoming acquainted with individual of several nationalities.

While Milton was in Scotland, Dr. Jardine was appointed Secretary of Agriculture by President Coolidge. Jardine asked Milton to be his assistant. In 1928, Milton became Director of Information for the Department of Agriculture. Coolidge was the first of serve Presidents under whom Milton would serve. He stayed with the Department of Agriculture until the United States entered World War II.

President Roosevelt gave Milton one of the toughest jobs of his long career. Roosevelt asked Milton to set up the War Relocation Authority for the removal of people of Japanese descent from the West Coast after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Milton states in his book, The President is Calling, that his job was not to decide if the Japanese should be relocated, but how it could be accomplished. After ninety days of planning it was determined that a subordinate could take over the Relocation Authority, and Milton was called to Washington to become Assistant to Elmer Davis, head of the Office of War Information.

In July, 1943, after consulting with General Eisenhower, Milton left the Office of War Information to re-enter the field of higher education as president of Kansas State College. His two major contributions to K-State were to broaden the curricula and to end institutionalized racial discrimination.

After leaving Kansas State in 1950, Milton Eisenhower became president of Pennsylvania State University and then Johns Hopkins University. He accumulated more than 37 honorary doctorates. The universities he served all allowed him the freedom to perform special assignments when Presidents of the United States called on him.

Milton Eisenhower retired from public service in 1972. Milton and Helen Eakin Eisenhower had two children, Ruth and Milton s., Jr. Mrs. Eisenhower died in 1954 and Milton died May 2, 1985.

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